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ISO 11135 Revision to Be Highlighted During Sterilization Seminar

Medical device manufacturers interested in ethylene oxide sterilization can learn about the 2014 revision of ISO 11135, "Sterilization of Healthcare Products -- Ethylene Oxide -- Requirements for the Development, Validation, and Routine Control of a Sterilization Process for Medical Devices," at an upcoming seminar.

Oxford Lasers Offers new Leak Test Calibration Capability to the Pharmaceutical Industry

A new in-house facility designed to produce calibrated micro holes to assist professionals in validating a package’s integrity.

Six Important Considerations When Evaluating Medical Device Flexible Packaging

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when clinical trials or other tests have shown the device to be safe and effective, and an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay introduction to market.

U.S. Demand for Pharmaceutical Packaging Products to Exceed $22 Billion

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging products in the US will increase 4.9 percent annually to $22.1 billion in 2018.  Primary containers will make up two-thirds of the total, with the remainder generated by closures, secondary containers, labels, and other packaging accessories. 

West Pharmaceutical Services Opens New Plant in India

To support growth in Asia, West Pharmaceutical Services has dedicated its manufacturing plant in the Sri City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Chennai, India. In June 2012, West signed a 99-year lease on 72,800 sq meters (about 783,600 sq ft) of land in Sri City and started construction in August 2012 on a 15,300 sq m (about 164,700 sq ft) facility for manufacturing seals used in primary packaging of injectable medicines.

Packagers Matter in the Sustainability Game

Eco-friendliness and safety of processes, goods, and services throughout a global supply chain can be accomplished in a variety of ways.

By Todd Cort, Director of Sustainability Services, North America
TÜV Rheinland

Relief OTC Designs Packaging with Safety and Style in Mind

Twinsburg, OH, July 24, 2014 - With an estimated 25 million people in the United States suffering from heartburn and indigestion daily, Relief OTC™ set out to create a fast-acting liquid antacid to help these consumers. Relief OTC™ is an FDA-compliant, over-the-counter antacid that combines proven ingredients in a convenient portable bottle. Taken only when needed, Relief OTC™ gives consumers a clear, great-tasting liquid that provides instant pain relief while other brands competing in this market offer thick, chalky solutions.

With recalls of several popular antacids in this $7.6 billion industry, many consumers are switching to different brands. There are many attributes that consumers seek when shopping for an antacid product. Research has shown that heartburn sufferers are looking for something that is fast-acting, with few or no side effects and easy-to-use. Relief OTC™ kept all of this in mind when working with Mold-Rite Plastics and TricorBraun to design their unique, innovative packaging.

In an effort to offer an easy solution for customers, the Tummy Company worked with the packaging experts at TricorBraun to develop a unique custom package that would work with a Lift N’ Peel® liner and be tamper-evident. After evaluating closure options and realizing the added benefits of production line efficiencies and compliance with the Lift N’ Peel liner, TricorBraun designers selected Mold-Rite Plastics’ 33 mm ribbed side, smooth top continuous thread closure to complete the package.

“TricorBraun and Mold-Rite Plastics’ customer service is superior to the competition. They worked with us from the beginning, even before the company was prepared to introduce Relief OTC™ to market. They were true partners throughout the product development process,” notes Jim Marini, President & CEO of Tummy Company. He adds, “Since we have gone into production, TricorBraun and Mold-Rite Plastics have provided outstanding service and flexibility, making it easier for our company to focus on further expansion in the industry.”

The Relief OTC™ package combines a continuous thread closure with a Lift N’ Peel liner giving the bottle an updated look while providing a tamper-evident feature. For additional safety, an external tamper-evident sleeve covers the closure and offers an option to add promotional messaging to the top of the package. These features combine to make Relief OTC™ stand out on the shelf.

“Knowing that tamper evidence and added safety were essential, combined with the need to offer promotional opportunities as the new package was introduced to the market helped us to recommend the right closure and liner options for Relief OTC™," said Christina Campbell, sales director at Mold-Rite Plastics.

“Watching Relief OTC™ grow from concept to store shelf has been a rewarding process,” stated Mike McQuilliams, packaging consultant at TricorBraun. “Thinking about packaging early in the product’s development helps us to not only fully understand the package’s requirements but also deliver shelf impact which is particularly important when entering the market.”

The Tummy Company’s goal was to provide unique packaging that represents Relief OTC’s innovative ideas, and that is exactly what they did. MRP’s CT closure gives consumers a simple way to consume the product with its easy-to-open ribbed closure, which worked well with a Lift N’ Peel liner. Relief is as simple as open, drink and done.


About Mold-Rite Plastics | Stull Technologies | Weatherchem
Three trusted closure manufacturers have joined together to deliver greater value for customers. Mold-Rite Plastics, Stull Technologies and Weatherchem are united providing an expanded product portfolio, multiple manufacturing locations, in-house tooling, outstanding innovation, unmatched flexibility and responsiveness. The company's complete line of products offers a single source for the broadest range of closures ideal for a wide variety of markets. Whether designing or selecting packaging for a new product, or revamping the design of an existing product, Weatherchem, Stull, and Mold-Rite Plastics have the closures that consumers love. For more information please contact Aimee Weber in the Marketing Department at 330-405-7765 or e-mail

About Tummy Company, Inc.
Tummy Company, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, manufactures and markets Relief OTC ™ antacid. This is a fast-acting liquid that begins fighting indigestion and heartburn quickly. Offered in a convenient 4 oz. or 12 oz. bottle, Relief OTC can be found at various retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, etc. For more information, visit

About TricorBraun
TricorBraun ( is one of North America’s largest providers of rigid packaging and components. The company has more than 40 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Its primary focus is on packaging for personal care; nutritional supplements; cosmetics; healthcare; food and beverages; as well as industrial and household chemicals.

PCI Announces Definitive Agreement To Acquire Penn Pharma

Philadelphia, PA – July 28, 2014 - Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Penn Pharmaceutical Services Limited (Penn Pharma). Penn Pharma is headquartered in Tredegar, Wales in the United Kingdom and operates regional offices in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Tokyo, Japan.

CPhI South America Coming to Brazil

This August 5-7 in São Paulo, Brazil, CPhI South America will mark its seventh year and co-locate with Food Ingredients South America (FiSA). More than 13,000 attendees from manufacturers and suppliers within the pharma and food industries are expected from more than 38 different countries.

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